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How to Use Key Flicks on iPad to Bolster Your Productivity

Apple QuickType keyboard has got several goodies under the hood. And the one that can really boost productivity is “Key Flicks.” Using the super handy flick keyboard feature on your iPad, you can type a lot faster.

Let’s say, you are writing a message using the software keyboard and need to enter “$” symbol. What would you usually do? Switch to the symbols keyboard and choose the $ symbol. Then, switch back to the letters keyboard. That’s old-fashioned and kills not just your time but also takes away the swiftness.

You can take advantage of this nifty feature to enter numbers or symbols without having to switch back and forth. Find it cool? Apple introduced the said feature with iOS 11 for iPad. So, ensure that your tablet is running iOS 11, iOS 12 or later. Let me show you how you can speed up your typing on your iPad with Key Flicks!

How to Use Key Flicks on iPad Keyboard


  • All the keys now show letters and number/symbols in the QuickType keyboard
  • While a tap allows you to enter the main letter on the keyboard, a flick lets you enter the secondary number or symbol

Step #1. First off, open any app and bring up the keyboard as usual.

Step #2. Now, tap on a key if you wish to enter the standard letter or symbol.

Step #3. Next, you need to touch a key and then pull downwards to enter the “flick” symbol. When you pull down, the symbol will replace the letter on the keyboard.

This keyboard also allows you to access the special characters and accent marks. To do so, just hold down on a key. For example, you can also type, “$” using an alphabet “D.”

How to Use Key Flicks on iPad

That’s how straightforward it is!

Do note that you can also use key flicks in the symbols keyboard. To do so, tap on the .?123 key. Next, pull down a key to enter the secondary symbol.

By default, Key Flicks feature is enabled on iPad. But, you can turn it on/off based on your need.

How to Turn On/Off the Key Flicks on iPad

Step #1. Launch Settings app on your iPad → Tap on General → Now, you need to tap on Keyboard.

Tap on Settings General then Keyboard on iPad

Step #2. Turn on/off the switch next to “Enable Key Flicks.”

Disable Key Flicks on iPad

Wrapping up

As much as I like using popular third-party keyboard apps, Apple’s keyboard app remains my default option. It works pretty well and offers several customization options. For instance, you can easily convert your text into emojis to spice up messaging.

Besides, its predictive feature offers helpful suggestions to make typing smooth sailing.

You might want to read the following tips as well:

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  • Dhvanesh

    The founder of iGeeksBlog, Dhvanesh, is an Apple aficionado, who cannot stand even a slight innuendo about Apple products. He dons the cap of editor-in-chief to make sure that articles match the quality standard before they are published.

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